Your Career in Natural Resources
For those folks involved in Disaster Preparedness, We have posted the Unofficial Oak Run Wildfire Evacuation Guide and Maps. If you live in a rural mountain area this guide could be modified to suit your own community. Become prepared in 2017!
Finding employment in natural resource occupations, conservation, ecology and environmental disciplines can be a challenging adventure. Competition is stiff, even at the entry level. Just like a wolf or a lynx, you'll need endless patience to stalk the perfect job and excellent timing to pounce at the right time. Just like the carnivoires, you may not get a second chance.
I'm a little old fashioned here, relying on links to actual web sites not Social Media to connect you to jobs resources. Well, I'm only one person and not a media mogul. Besides, after 20 years of tracking down resources I'm sort of set in my ways.
I've added a new category group for disabled job seekers. Just over 1 in 4 of today's 20 year-olds will become disabled before they retire. One in eight workers will be disabled for five years or more during their working careers. Outdoor careers are not risk-free. You should consider how adaptable your career of choice might be if you became disabled at some future date. Cross-training when you are healthy may save your career if you became disabled later in life. Plan ahead.
If you are disabled, or ever get injured, there may be adaptive gear to keep your career on track. Outdoor Safety is too often an overlooked topic, too. Be sure to practice good work habits and pass the information along.
Good jobs are hard to find. Yes, getting hired can be difficult. But 'hard' and 'difficult' aren't the same as impossible (otherwise salmon wouldn't bother swimming upstream). Get started and don't quit until you've reached your goal.
P.S. Please read my review of the Walk'n'Chair and spread the word on this great mobility device among friends and family who may need it to get back outdoors again!
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Career Categories are at the left. You should always keep in mind that most environmental jobs websites end up with a mix of listings covering multiple outdoor occupations. I've sorted the links into groups based on the most common types of jobs posted at each web site. You should check related topic categories to do a thorough job search. Bookmark the best sites for frequent visits.
Links are manually checked. However, the web is always changing. Web sites move. Domain holders change. If you follow a link and it's not what you expected to find, please e-mail me with details. Also, if you want to share a great outdoor job link, let me know.
Using Employment Tools and Tips
READ the 'Read First' article. Yes, I know you didn't read it first - so do it now! It has tips to improve your job search techniques and will hopefully inspire you, too. I've included a personal message, also, for those that are interested. That's one of the 'perks' of running your own web site!
Gear Up is a new segment about becoming job 'ready'. I'll be adding more information as time allows to help you locate equipment you need to do your jobs.
Other topics under TIPS will assist you in calculating moving costs, locating educational resources to improve your hiring chances, help you to find any extra training you may need to progress in your profession. I've used all of these web links in our own employment searches.
Finding the vacancy announcement is only the start-point in getting hired. You'll need to understand how to build a good resume, how to interview for that particular job, how to follow up after the interview, and how to maximize your contacts.
Get started, don't quit! Be a carnivore when it comes to hunting down a job. Patience, perseverance and determination do pay off! Even sloths need to work hard to find food, so no excuses! Bees don't sit on the couch and bemoan their fate. Time is short - get moving!